In a historic achievement, CFM International's CFM56 fleet has become the first high bypass turbofan engine family in history to achieve more than 800 million engine flight hours in service. The CFM56 family will achieve one billion flight hours by the year 2020 and presently logs a million flight hours every eight days!
"We are obviously very proud of reaching this incredible milestone, but we know we could never have done it without the continued confidence of our customers around the world," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International.
"From the beginning, the CFM model has been simple: meet all of our commitments; continually invest in the product line; and provide world-class customer and product support. This philosophy has enabled the CFM56 product line to become the industry benchmark for reliability and low cost of ownership.”
The first CFM56 engines entered service in1982 and CFM has delivered nearly 30,000 engines to 550-plus operators around the globe since then.
The CFM56 product line has demonstrated outstanding reliability and the average time on wing for current production CFM56 engines before a first shop visit is approximately 30,000 hours. The current fleet record at 50,000 hours.
CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.